Hinckley Council thank vaccination centre volunteers

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 23 January 2021

RESIDENTS who are helping out as volunteer marshals at Hinckley’s first vaccination centre in Hinckley Leisure Centre have been thanked by the Borough Council for their voluntary efforts.

Volunteer marshal Lucy Flatters (left), with a resident attending their vaccination appointment (right) (Supplied)

The volunteer marshals are currently working essential roles in ensuring that there is a smooth on-site arrival for those coming into the vaccination site to receive their vaccinations.

Over 500 volunteers were recruited over a three-day period and are working alongside staff members from the Borough Council.

Lucy Flatters, a member of Hinckley Rugby Club, who has been temporarily furloughed from work, is one of the many residents who signed up to become a volunteer marshal.

Speaking on her work as a marshal, Lucy Flatters, said: “I wanted to help out and helping the community is the type of work I’m used to doing at my usual job at the rugby club.”

Stephen Lane, who works as a foster carer, volunteered following the appeal that he had seen from the Council urging residents to help out and volunteer.

He said: “I just wanted to help out. I enjoy getting out and meeting people.”

Hinckley and Bosworth’s Mayor, Councillor Lynda Hodgkins, said: “In conjunction with local charity Next Generation and other local community groups we have been overwhelmed by the support that residents have showed volunteering for this role, continuing to support their local community.

“Over the coming months the marshals will welcome many thousands of residents to receive their vaccination and I would like to take this opportunity thank each and every one of them.”

As there has been a huge response to the Council’s appeal for COVID-19 marshals, no more spaces are available for that role, however more voluntary roles are available.

Next Generation Hinckley, Voluntary Action Leicestershire, and NHS Volunteers are offering a range of different volunteering opportunities for interested residents, including a Telephone Befriending service, Active Friends, and Digital Champions.

To find out further information, simply visit www.nextgenhinckley.org.

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